Dental implants are artificial roots fixed into your jaw to hold the replacement tooth. This is an option for various other traditional treatments like crowns or dentures.
People lose their teeth in some mishaps or due to a severe stage of gum disease. Traditionally, crowns or dentures were fit into the missing tooth space. Now it is very common to undergo an artificial root or tooth replacement called a dental implant.
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dentures.
Dental implants made of metal are used to fit into hollow places as a replacement for roots
In phases that may take as long as 6-8 months
Local but may depend on patient’s comfort and doctor’s preference.
As the procedure takes place in phases, the recovery time is different for each phase
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually made of titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
Dental implants have in the real sense given hopes to millions of people to live their lives confidently and stress-free.
Dental implants enact your natural teeth. This means they are here to perform all the functions of your natural teeth along with their strength. Dental implants fully regain the chewing power.
Dental implants last forever. Once fixed, they do not bother patients frequently.
Dental implants can be brushed and flossed like the other natural teeth in the mouth.
Missing tooth space can act as a magnet for food to get stuck eventually causing gum disease. Dental implants help to fill the space along with performing the dental functions.
Not only oral health but dental implants also prevent sagging of facial skin, thus preventing premature aging.
They are low maintenance.
They help in improving speech.
A suitable candidate for the implants:
Must have a healthy jawbone.
Should be a non-smoker or at least ready to quit smoking for the treatment.
Must have the patience to wait up to 12 months for the process to be completed.
Must not be on certain medications like blood thinners and steroids.
After examination, Dr. Orfaly suggests whether or not a person is suitable for immediate treatment.
Once you are at Fisher & Orfaly Dental, Dr. George Orfaly will understand your dental background and examine your mouth. After knowing the exact cause of the missing tooth space he will plan the treatment accordingly.
Dental x-rays will be taken of the place where once there was your natural tooth and also of other teeth to make note of how much space is available. He will also discuss the type of pain relief that will be used during the procedure.
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months.
Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants, the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
The patient may experience soreness or discomfort immediately after the surgery. There also may be some oozing that happens in a typical surgery, but this should subside each passing day. Generally, patients recover in as little as 1-3 days after the surgery if there is no additional procedure followed during the surgery.
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Until you receive permanent crowns, maintain oral hygiene. For the first 24 hours after the procedure, one must eat soft foods. After the 1st day, you can eat harder foods, but strictly depending on the comfort level.
Start brushing and flossing regularly to maintain oral hygiene.
Avoid chewing tobacco or smoking as they can damage the area of implants gradually.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.
The cost of the procedure depends on the type of implant you are going to fit. After a thorough study of the individual’s case, Dr. Orfaly suggests which implants to fit.
There are three types of costs incurred:
Cost of the implant
Cost of the crown
Cost of the surgery
The cost of a custom-made crown is generally higher. The total cost is high because it is a surgical procedure and requires expertise and experience. Depending on the case, Dr. Orfaly will discuss the costs with you. The dental implant treatment can be financed with CareCredit.
Dr. George Orfaly, of Fisher and Orfaly Dental, has written a detailed blog about dental implants, how they work, and the factors that affect the cost.
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Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.